Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila has raises speculation about his future by confessing his love for Premier League football. The 20-year-old France international is believed to be courting the interest of Liverpool, but his comments are sure to alert other clubs of his situation.
“Which league do I watch on TV? The Premier League! It matches my game,” he told L’Equipe. In what may be perceived as a come-and-get-me plea to Premier League clubs, he claimed he enjoys, “To watch Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, but also Manchester City.” If Liverpool were to put in a bid to sign him, first-team football would however have to be guaranteed. “You can’t leave for a big club to be a substitute. I prefer to stay at my club to improve,” he said.
Ilicic Summer interest.
Josip Ilicic’s wonderful performances in the pink of Palermo have not gone unnoticed. The Slovenian midfielder was a Maribor player in August. His life changed as he played and scored against his future employers in the Europa League qualifying rounds. Following a swift transfer, Ilicic has spent the past five months cementing a reputation as one of Europe’s most promising young midfielders.
Skysports.com reports that Liverpool’s interest in the Slovenian is matched by another Premier League club with a summer move in mind (Ilicic cannot make another transfer during this season having already played for two teams). “The interest of Liverpool? I can confirm that I was contacted by a major English club that is not Liverpool,” his agent admitted.
Reds in for Elmander.
One of the more intriguing subplots of the 2010/11 Premier League season has been the extraordinary form of Bolton striker Johan Elmander as he enters the final year of his contract. Previously considered a failure on these shores, his eight goals so far this season have earned him Liverpool’s interest.
However a familiar face is attempting to scupper Liverpool’s advances. Rafa Benitez, full in the knowledge of Real Madrid’s rumoured interest in Samuel Eto’o, wants to take the Danish forward to Internazionale, the Daily Mirror reports. Although he would be available on a free transfer in the summer, Benitez hopes to steal a march on his former employers by tempting Bolton with cash in January.